2017 DPAC Week of Action #SummerofDiscontent #NotOneMoreDay #CutsKill
Friday 14th July – Opening ceremony – from 6pm
As the World Para Athletics kick off in London, join us at Queens Elizabeth Olympics Park for our own 2017 DPAC week of action opening ceremony. While Atos continue to be a partner of the IPC, disabled people’s participation in sport and physical activity is declining as a direct result of cuts. Please come to help leaflet those going in to watch the Athletics about the impact of the cuts and how they can get involved in supporting DPAC to fight back.
Meet Stratford station tube at 6pm.
For information on getting to the Park: http://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/the-park/plan-your-visit/getting-here
For more information about the World Para Athletics or to purchase tickets to attend the events go to: http://www.paraathleticschampionships.com/
Sunday 16th July – Carnival Against Cuts
Join DPAC on the Fair Funding for All Schools Carnival Against Cuts. Education cuts are taking learning support away from Disabled pupils and undermining the right to inclusive education.
- Assemble Victoria Embankment at midday
- Rally at Parliament Square30pm
- Family fun, picnics, art, songs, kids’ entertainment and speakers.
Please sign and share the petition: https://www.change.org/p/stop-school-funding-cuts-all-our-children-deserve-a-great-education
For more information and campaigns resources go to: http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org/
Tuesday 18th July – National Day of Action
This is the day for local DPAC groups and supporters to organise your own actions on local issues that are most important to you. It could be a protest outside a benefit assessment centre, against the closure of a local JobCentre or library or at the Town Hall to oppose cuts to social care – the choice is yours. Don’t forget to tell the local media and please send us details to help publicise your action.
Wednesday 19th July – Lobby of Parliament for Independent Living
The crisis in social care keeps hitting the headlines but the focus is often dominated by older people’s care instead of violations to Disabled people’s right to independent living. Theresa May has promised a consultation on social care later in the year but Disabled people battling cuts to essential daily support need concrete action now. At the last Prime Minister’s Questions before the Summer recess, DPAC independent living campaigners will lobby our MPs to defend our rights to dignity and choice.
Assemble outside House of Commons entrance from 11am.
We are also asking Disabled people to write to their MPs about their experiences of social care cuts and the detrimental impact on our lives.
Thursday 20th July – Turn Up and Go protest
Driver Only Operated trains, the removal of guards from trains and rail staff from stations threaten Disabled people’s freedom to travel. On 10th July DPAC campaigners will be joining RMT staff on their picket lines as they take industrial action to defend our right to access public transport.
On 20th July we are inviting Disabled people to travel together en masse to the Department for Transport’s headquarters in London to deliver a petition demanding out right to ride.
Assemble outside the Department for Transport at 2pm. Department for Transport
Great Minster House ,33 Horseferry Road ,London,W1P 4DR
Please sign and share the petition: https://www.change.org/p/department-for-transport-disabled-people-demand-guards-on-trains
Friday 21st July – Anti-Atos protest
For our final day of action, DPAC will be returning to Atos HQ after a long absence. They no longer hold the contract to run the Work Capability Assessment but they continue to ruin the lives of disabled people through their contract to carry our PIP Assessments, notorious for assessment reports riddled with lies and inaccuracies.
Assemble 12.30 pm outside their offices at 4, Triton Square, Regent’s Place, London, NW1 3HG
Bring rugs, food and noise and let’s party.